Key CAC Win for Shawsheen Tech
HAVERHILL -- Using a potent passing attack and a swarming, run stuffing defense, Shawsheen Tech powered its way to a 20-8 victory over host Whittier Tech Saturday in a Commonwealth Athletic Conference Large School football game.
Shawsheen improved its record to 3-1 overall and 1-0 in the CAC Large. Whittier dropped to 2-2 and 0-1.
The Rams rode the arm of quarterback CJ Zemetres to the victory. The senior signal caller threw for 221 yards and a pair of touchdowns, while the defense kept the normally powerful Whittier rushing attack in check. Shawsheen kept Whittier off the scoreboard until the fourth quarter.
“I thought CJ threw the ball very well. The passing game is a big part of what we do, and it helps us in a lot of situations,” Shawsheen coach Al Costabile said. “And defensively, we did a great job of controlling the line of scrimmage. They have a very potent running attack, but we did a great job of containing them.”
Shawsheen scored the only touchdown of the first half on a 32-yard pass from Zemetres to junior wide receiver Connor Rich with 10:36 left in the second quarter. The extra point try failed, and the Rams held a slim 6-0 lead.
Shawsheen took the slim one score lead into the half despite dominating the Wildcats throughout the first 22 minutes, outgaining them 149-65, while limiting the Wildcats to just three first downs.
In the second half, Shawsheen wasted very little time extending its lead. After holding Whittier to a three and out on its first possession, the Rams needed just three plays to get back on the board. Zemetres connected with junior wide receiver Josiah Martinez on a 73-yard touchdown pass with 6:28 left in the third quarter.
On the play, Zemetres hit Martinez at about the 50-yard line, and after catching the pass, Martinez juked the Whittier defender and sprinted to the end zone untouched. Zemetres connected with Santino Garafolo for the two point conversion pass to up the Rams’ lead to 14-0.
Whittier provided some drama early in the fourth quarter, going on its best drive of the game, marching 68 yards in 14 plays. The drive ended with a two yard run by quarterback Edgar Feliciano to pull within 14-8 after a conversion rush by AJ Espinal.
Shawsheen would respond immediately, however, going on a six play, 62-yard drive to extend its lead, and all but assure the victory.
Senior fullback Omar Eldaly put an exclamation point on the drive with a lumbering 25-yard run up the middle for a touchdown.